What’s Missing from Covid-19 To-Do Lists?
14 Must-Knows . . . During the Pandemic!
1) Stay Socially CONNECTED: Just because we are being told to “socially distance” ourselves (which is not a term I’m a fan of), doesn’t mean we shouldn’t stay Socially Connected. In fact, the more we feel like we’re in isolation, the more we need social connection. Instead of thinking of it as “social distancing”, think of it as “physical distancing” while intentionally keeping in contact with others ONLINE.
- Social connectedness is critically important to your overall well-being, getting through this scare without feeling so alone, while overcoming this “everyone’s on their own”, fear-based mentality that doesn’t lead anywhere good. I’m so glad our Promote Her Business community is here for each other, during this time of doing business as (un)usual.
- Have faith that when you do reschedule it… it will be greater than ever. Now you have some more time to think through things so that you can have your best event yet. Also, challenge yourself to adapt to the situation and see what you can do in the meantime online to keep supporting your community even though it’s not in-person. The show must go on… just in a new way. Get creative. Maybe you can’t facilitate the entire conference but you can still have a mini-workshop through video conference or FB LIVE etc.
- So, stay positive… meaning be hopeful, do everything to be you’re your Best, Highest Self every day … and even more so when you’re cooped up in the house and/or with people who are driving you crazy (grin). Being positive does NOT mean being unrealistic; it does not mean pretending like it’s ok to spread the virus and not be responsible for your role in containment. What positive does mean is looking at what good things can come out of this situation, celebrating every time we get closer to a solution, staying socially connected (and supporting others well-being), practicing self-care so you can stay positive, being patient with others, and noticing how your reactions are either helping or hurting others from being positive too.
- What message do you want to be Intentionally Sending? Your community is looking for your guidance. What are you doing during the Scare – are you in “fight or flight” mentality… OR are you critically thinking through everything and making the best out of each day?
- To me, your true sign of character and caring comes out… not when things are going well… but when you are being challenged and it’s all too tempting to be in our own world at the expense of others.
- What’s going on globally today has much bigger implications than just physically the virus itself. It has social, political, economic, emotional, financial, family and spiritual implications that are important too – and no one is an expert in all those areas; each of us plays a part. We need to do what we can in our sphere of influence to be a contribution to the solution, as well as getting through each day and avoiding fear-based, knee-jerk reactions, which lead to panic.
- Just this week, a guy said to me that my concern about the term “social distancing” was “nit-picky” and distracted us from focusing on America’s “true problem”… containment. He totally invalidated my expertise as a Strategic Messaging Coach/ Women Entrepreneurship Expert and the implications of words unintentionally contributing to fear, big hits in business, and panic. Instead of arguing, I listened to his viewpoint, and then, thought for myself and made “Stay Socially Connected” point #1, since that’s how important I still think it is:)
- Are you getting 6-8 hours of sleep? Are you putting foods in your body that nurture you, as opposed to drain you? As the 2020 headline of TIME Magazine proclaimed: “Alternative med is the new mainstream” – are you leveraging alternative med? Are you getting exercise… or are you using being “cooped up” as an excuse to sabotage yourself?
- Even if people in your household are positive, it’s still important to talk to people outside your household to gain new perspectives on the situation, have vulnerable conversations about what’s going on for you and your business right now, brainstorm creative ways to do business as (un)usual, and cheer each other on! No one can be everything to everyone; give your family a break; talk to other people too
- Are you continuing to spend what you regularly spend? What’s important is not just toilet paper and the basics; it’s also continuing to buy business, health, relationship products/services – and participating in online events — that will help us transition from “wait and see” to “let’s have a great life in the meantime” mode:)
- Entrepreneurs, this is a time to shine and share your expertise. It’s a time to own being visionaries/innovators/thought leaders, and help others adopt more of an entrepreneurial-mindset too… because when things are risky, uncertain, and there are problems to be solved, this is when WE are at our best!